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Kinesiology Job Opportunities & Certification Steps

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Kinesiology focuses on the study of human movement. Many kinesiologists apply their knowledge of physical movement with science to help people rehabilitate and/or manage physical ailments so that activity becomes easier again and people can enjoy an active and pain free lifestyle. But the vast job opportunities for kinesiologists don’t stop there.

A degree in kinesiology can lead to so many different career options. Here is a list of possible careers with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

Rehabilitation therapist
Occupational therapist
Massage therapist
Physical therapist
Cardiac rehabilitation therapist
Respiration therapist
Exercise physiologist
Personal trainer
Athletic trainer
Strength and conditioning coach
Athletic administrator in school or college
Coach at school or college
Director of youth camps/sports programs
Private practice
Designer of athletic equipment
Manager of sport facilities
Program coordinator for mobility
Organizer of community wellness programs
Corporate consultant to reduce workplace injury and increase workplace productivity
Public Administration
Health care
Sports clinics
Sports teams
Sport management
Sport psychologist
Sports journalist
Sports marketing
Sports officiating (referees)

With all these wonderful opportunities, here are the steps to take to get certified in Kinesiology:

  1. Get a degree: Attend a college or university which offers an accredited kinesiology program according to the American Kinesiology Association’s guidelines. The programs consist of a 4-year Bachelor’s degree which vary in expertise. Most programs include requirements for field experience in hospitals, clinics, and fitness clubs. Find a complete list of accredited schools here.


  1. Get Certified: After completing your Bachelor’s degree, many people become specialized in a specific area through additional certification. A kinesiology degree can result in pursuing certification as a personal trainer, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, and more. Therefore, passing additional exams for specific licensure can be obtained and is an option.
  2. Advanced Education: Other positions require advanced degrees either as a Masters of Science program or a PhD. The American Kinesiology Association has a detailed list of schools with advanced education and graduate programs and assistantships.

***If you go for the gold and get more certifications and higher education, your opportunities will open tremendously! A kinesiologist is just the beginning to a vast and prosperous career in fitness, health, and wellness. Time to get started now!

Sarah Koszyk is the founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program and recipe blog where she also conducts cooking videos with kids and provides families with healthy living tips. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach where she specializes in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, or LinkedIn. Sarah is also in charge of hiring employees and contractors.

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